The editors invite submissions on topics reflecting a broad spectrum of intellectual disciplines and practitioner experience.

All contributions should be sent to: The Editors, Press/Politics, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA; tel: (617) 495-6790; fax: (617) 495-8696; e-mail:

Longer articles are about 6,000-8,000 words (including references and endnotes), focused on original research, and subject to a rigorous process of peer review.

Shorter articles are about 2,000-3,000 words, covering current events, new developments, or topical controversies.

Articles submitted to the journal should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time; any exceptions should be clearly indicated at the time of submission.

Four copies of the manuscript should be sent, double-spaced throughout, including notes and references. An abstract of no more than 250 words, a short biography of 50-100 words, and an estimated word count should be included on the front cover sheet. The cover should give the complete address (including telephone, fax, and e-mail) of the author to whom proofs and correspondence should be sent. A style sheet following APSA guidelines is available from the editors. The journal follows the Chicago Manual of Style and the Style Manual for Political Science (American Political Science Association).

References cited in the text should read: (Patterson 1993:63-4) or (Brown and Smith 1985). Use et al. when citing a work by more than two authors: (Brown et al. 1991). Letters (Brown 1990a, 1990b) should be used to distinguish citations of different works by the same author in the same year. Please note that newspaper articles, interviews, and personal communications should be cited as endnotes, not references (see item 11). All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically and presented in full, double-spaced after the notes, using the following styles:

Articles in journals:

Jamieson, Kathleen H. 1993. "The First Amendment is Alive and Well." Political Communication 10(1):3-8.

Chapters in Books:

McQuail, Denis. 1994. "The Influence and Effects of Mass Media." In Media Power in Politics, ed. Doris A. Graber. 3rd Edition. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.


Patterson, Thomas E. 1993. Out of Order. New York: Knopf.

Endnotes presenting explanatory or technical material should be used sparingly. Newspaper articles, interviews, and personal communications should be cited as endnotes. Notes should be indicated by consecutive numbers in the text and printed double-spaced on a page at the end of the text.

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